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Ross Kemp has revealed Alzheimer's changed his late friend and co-star Dame Barbara Windsor's personality in the lead up to her death.

National treasure Barbara sadly passed away on Thursday 10 December at the age of 83 following a six year battle with dementia.

Now, 56 year old Ross, who is known for playing Barbara's on screen character Peggy's son Grant Mitchell on EastEnders, has confessed Barbara's Alzheimer's had altered who she was by the end.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan, 55, lead the conversation towards the topic of the disease as he said: "Barbara was somebody that just – she lit up peoples lives.

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"The really sad thing about the Alzheimer's is that by the end the light was going out in her life. This woman who radiated light and vitality to all the rest of us actually, towards the end, it was being sucked away from her."

Actor Ross, whose friend Barbara told him her dying wish was for a "Barbara Tax" to help dementia sufferers, immediately responded by explaining that Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell said she had become a different person due to the illness.

Ross said: "It alters your personality, it changes who you are.

"We did the documentary with Scott about Alzheimer's and dementia and he said, you know, 'It's not the Barb I used to know,' and she wasn't.

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"The thing about Scott and Barbara, they were so brave in coming out and fighting on behalf of dementia and Alzheimer's, they should be applauded for that – particularly Scott, he's going to carry on doing it."

He added: "And even though we all knew it was gonna happen, I still think it's floored him. It's coming over me in waves and I wasn't capable of doing anything really on Friday and I knew it was gonna happen.

"They were truly, truly in love with each other and they cared for each other deeply."


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Following Barbara's death, Scott penned a heartbreaking tribute to her as he said his "heart or life will never feel the same" without the veteran actress.

He revealed she was fighting against the disease up until her final hours and said the fact she was raising awareness of Alzheimer’s when the condition crippled her told everyone all about her incredible character.

Her husband said: “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

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“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career."

After thanking everyone for their support, he added: “May you rest in peace now my precious Bar. I’ve lost my wife, my best friend and soul mate and my heart or life will never feel the same without you.

“I will be making no further statements and now need the time to grieve this painful, personal loss."

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